Skip to main content

To: Taco Bell

Taco Bell’s employees and COVID-19

Taco Bell’s employees and COVID-19

1. Close the store until further notice and provide everyone paid leave until reopening.
2. Support employees and workplace safety by providing paid leave which provides the proper incentive for concerned employees to stay home.
3. Up to a month of employer paid sick leave if we test positive for the Covid 19 virus

Why is this important?

For the safety of all Taco Bell employees, customers and their families.

We the undersigned workers of Taco Bell are concerned about the Covid 19 Health Crisis, and we are worried about how our current work situation is putting us and others directly in harm’s way. Taco Bell hasn’t even considered any sort of bonus or hazard pay raise during this COVID-19 outbreak. McDonald’s, Subway, Arby’s, and most other fast food restaurants that have now been deemed “essential” are getting $2-3 pay raises. Some jobs have given their employees hazard pay and they aren’t working either because the business closed. We’re put at risk and putting our families at risk every day that we go to work for Taco Bell.

We are told to change gloves and wash hands between the customers. However, we aren’t given enough staffing to allow us to take these precautions and maintain the company’s desired drive through times without getting questioned about why we aren’t working fast enough. We asked our store manager if we can wear a face mask at work to protect ourselves and he said the regional general manager told him that if an employee feels uncomfortable enough to wear a face mask then that is on them and they need to go home. The regional general manager indicated this is because wearing masks “creates panic and fear”. We say NO! WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF A GLOBAL PANDEMIC right now and people are being advised by the CDC to wear masks to protect themselves.

Finally, Taco Bell recently had a “Free taco for every customer (obviously in the car) WITHOUT PURCHASE NECESSARY”. Those of us that worked that day know it was the busiest we’ve seen the store since the Corona pandemic began and we have recently been informed they’re going to have another one on the 7th! Corporate is literally encouraging people to come to their store in the midst of the pandemic! April 2nd in the morning there was one case in Dixon, as of 4pm that day there were two and due to what we know about asymptomatic carriers there are likely many more than that. A business losing a few weeks to a month of business isn’t as important as endangering our lives and the lives of our children. By signing this petition we are standing together to demand management make changes before something happens to one of us. If one of us gets sick, we all get sick!

Consequently, we respectfully and formally request that Taco Bell make immediate improvements to our paid time off and workplace health and safety policies. Specifically, we want to request:

That, ideally, the store close until further notice and provide everyone paid leave until reopening.

If the business would be existentially threatened by our first improvement then we request that management support employees and workplace safety by providing a month paid leave to stay home for any employees who have been exposed to COVID-19, show symptoms of COVID-19, test positive for COVID-19, have underlying conditions putting them at greater risk, or live with children or elderly individuals at greater risk.

For those that continue to work we request proper personal protective equipment such as abundant latex gloves, face masks, and hand sanitizer in the store.

We also request a $3 hazard pay increase for all those that choose to work during this crisis.

We engage in this collective, concerted activity under the protection of Federal Law, specifically, Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act. We are also prepared to engage in further actions that are also protected by the Act, as well as collective action designed to safeguard our immediate health and wellbeing from imminent danger as defined by OSHA, Standard number 1977.12 (b) (2).

Updates

2020-05-22 15:27:04 -0400

10,000 signatures reached

2020-04-13 01:08:09 -0400

5,000 signatures reached

2020-04-10 18:06:13 -0400

I’ve been informed that they’re doing ANOTHER free taco day next Tuesday! Promoting tacos that are over $2- with no purchase necessary again! But they still will not give their working employees hazard pay!

2020-04-10 12:12:21 -0400

1,000 signatures reached

2020-04-10 02:58:10 -0400

500 signatures reached

2020-04-07 19:21:59 -0400

When I made the petition for us I started posting the link to it on the posts for Taco Bell verified Facebook page, within 40 minutes I got an email from the Taco Bell news room that employees were now allowed to wear their own cloth face masks. We are being heard. Slowly but surely. I will keep everyone updated. Thankyou for the support! I wish everyone good health!

2020-04-07 19:20:29 -0400

Friday (4/3) I was called in for a meeting with the Regional GM, GM of the store, and the Assistant GM. During the meeting I made clear the hazards stated above that the Taco Bell employees are subject to every day. I asked the regional gm how he can tell me (a person with asthma and two young children at home) that if I felt that uncomfortable to want to wear a mask that I needed to go home, and I kept pushing that and he told me if I got a doctors note I would be allowed to wear a mask at work. I also pressed on the issue of if they won’t close the store down then they need to give all their employees hazard pay and he had nothing to say. As far as the free taco day that they did again-he told me “it’s an opportunity for people to get out of their house.” They should not be begging people to come get a free almost $3 taco when they can’t even give their own employees hazard pay.

2020-04-05 16:01:47 -0400

100 signatures reached

2020-04-04 00:20:15 -0400

50 signatures reached

2020-04-03 17:08:35 -0400

25 signatures reached

2020-04-03 16:03:15 -0400

10 signatures reached